Police on reshuffle: Jack was the best
...willing to give Gary Griffith a honeymoon period
JENSEN LAVENDE firstname.lastname@example.org
WITH members of the protective service having its fourth Minister of National Security in three years the Police Social and Welfare Association is saying that Jack Warner was the most productive of the lot so far.
Speaking with the Express via telephone today, General Secretary of the Association Sgt Michael Seales said under the last three Ministers, Warner had given them the most.
On Thursday Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar re-shuffled her Cabinet, replacing former national Security Minister Emmanuel George, with Gary Griffith, her former National Security advisor.
In 2010 retired Brigadier John Sandy was appointed as National Security Minister. His term lasted from May of that year to June 2012. Warner's term lasted from Sandy's removal in June to April this year after he resigned. George took over on April 22 and was removed on Thursday replacing him now is Griffith.
"It is not about who is the best and who is the worst. What I am saying is that we would have benefited the most under Mr. Warner. What Mr. Sandy would have suffered with us as an association is that a lot of cosmetics was done in terms of what was going to happen" Seales said.
Seales added: "A lot of cosmetics was done in terms of his delivery because there was a lot of talk. I want to take the same comment that Mr. Griffith said, 'no time for talking, time for action' and I want to take that because that was part of the thing that we were troubled with Mr. Sandy, and there was a lot of negative fall out with Mr. Sandy during that period. After that there was no time to heal and everything started going downhill from there."
He said "As an association a lot was accomplished under the stewardship of Mr Warner. I know he would have gotten a short time, but a lot was achieved to help the police service to grow tremendously under his watch. Mr. Emmanuel would have continued what Mr. Warner would have started off. I don't think he would have had a lot of opportunity to take it to that next level but Mr Griffith is now inheriting that situation now he must demonstrate" Seales said.
For both Warner and George the association got off to a good start and there was a smooth transition from Warner to George Seales said. He added that the association did not get all that they wanted but they did receive about 93 per cent of what they wanted under Warner. Some of the things Warner would have delivered on would have been the fast tracking of promotions and negotiations.
Seales said he had the opportunity to interact with George and he operated on an open door policy and always welcomed the association. Seales said he wished George all the best as he says good-bye to the ministry.
Seales said the association would be giving Griffith a "honeymoon period" which would be the customary three months after that he must demonstrate that he is willing to take it to that next level because the country's eyes is on law enforcement at this time.
"We don't have the luxury of standing idly by not seeing something happen or making a mistake. That is not what we are in for at this point in time. We have given careful consideration to some of the things that were proposed before and some of the things that were rolled out before. We are waiting with bated breath to see what is the next move" Seales said.